Executive Series Douglas C-54 Skymaster 1/72 Scale Mahogany Model
Introducing the ready-built AC054 Desktop Model. This 1/72 scale model was handmade with precision and accuracy to produce the finest model that will be the centerpiece of your collection for years to come. This model is a perfect gift for pilots and aviation enthusiasts alike. Not too big or too small, this model features a wingspan of 19.5 inches and a length of 15.7 inches. This model features a very accurate paint scheme with realistic panel lines.
This collectible model represents the C-54 Skymaster, the Army Air Forces long-range cargo lifter of World War II. The C-54, the military version of the DC-4, also helped win the first real clash of the Cold War, the Berlin Airlift. Painstakingly built from Philippine mahogany by skilled craftsmen using a wealth of detail, this 1/72-scale model C-54 makes a great gift for any aviation enthusiast or history buff.
Developed by Douglas as a four-engine successor to their highly successful DC-3, the DC-4 first flew in 1938. Airlines were wary of the airplanes complexity and operating costs, but the start of World War II shifted the innovative aircraft to military service. With a strengthened airframe, the C-54 served worldwide, and after the war, became the militarys primary cargo lifter.
The Berlin Crisis in 1948 brought fame to the C-54 as the aircraft flew coal, food and supplies to the blockaded city. With its tricycle landing gear, the C-54 was easier to unload than the C-47 Skytrain, and airlift commanders made the C-54 the main aircraft of the effort.
Gail Halvorsen, an Air Force C-54 pilot, gained fame as the candy bomber after he began dropping candy bars by small parachute to waiting children. Other pilots followed his example, and Operation Little Vittles brought three tons of candy to Berlins children and a propaganda coup for the West.
After the Korean War, the C-54 was replaced by the C-124 Globemaster as the militarys main cargo ship, but it continued in service until 1972. The C-54 Sacred Cow, President Harry Trumans Air Force One is on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.
Several DC-4/C-54s remain in civilian service today